Claggett Creek Middle continues AVID work

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes With a new school year underway, Claggett Creek Middle principal Rob Schoepper wants to see a stronger implementation of AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination). One way to do that will be a focus on binders. Each student is now required to have a three-inch notebook stocked with pencils, ball-point pens, highlighters, an eraser, planner, page protectors, dividers for each class and paper. “We expect our kids to be organized but we haven’t necessarily taught them the skill of organization itself,” Schoepper said. “What we do is if we expect them to be organized, we need to be intentional on providing support, providing materials and allocating structured time.” CCMS has doubled the amount of AVID elective classes it offers over the last three years to seven throughout the day—two in sixth grade, three in seventh and two in eighth. “We identify students who are middle of the road kids who are probably on track to graduate high school but not attend college,” Schoepper said. “This AVID elective system, we expect college and the results of AVID have proven that.” While nearly 20 precent of CCMS students are enrolled in an AVID elective, Schoepper noted the strategies used in these classes are being utilized by all of the staff to impact all kids. “Every school has AVID but we’re taking AVID school-wide to impact all...

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